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The Best Dog Trainers in Massachusetts of 2023

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Merlin Noble

March 29, 2022

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Welcome to the Massachusetts Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Massachusetts based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

Dog training is one of the most important activities someone can do with their dog. Many come to dog training through a specific issue they want addressed, anything from barking to separation anxiety. Some have adopted dogs from animal shelters with an abusive experience and some just have happy puppies looking for everyday life skills. Trainers can help with all kinds of specific skills and issues, from leash manners to territorial aggression to anxiety around skateboards to common puppy challenges. However, what many discover is that working with a trainer is actually a way for a pet owner to deepen their relationship with their dog. The enhanced communication skills that result can increase quality of life, be a rewarding experience, be a social experience and lead to more harmonious relationships. Knowing that one’s dog is having a happier life can dramatically improve peace of mind. As the saying goes: happy dog, happy life. And it extends further than just the dog, to the pet owners. Owner empowerment can actually improve the relationship between owners. And finding the right trainer can make all the difference in the experience.

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The Best Massachusetts Dog Trainers in 2022

Jen Reynolds

I have been training since 2007, first working at a retail pet store before obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a focus on Animal Behavior. My main passion is working with rescue dogs, and I was the behavior department head for the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for 7 years.

I currently work with many local rescues and shelters to help their dogs be ready for adoption. In addition to rescue experience, I was the RI state representative for NEADs and also worked with the RI state police search and rescue and cadaver team. I have been training people and their dogs inside their homes since 2014.

Certifications: B.S., CPDT-KA, AKC CGC Evaluator

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: We offer group classes for obedience through AKC CGC certification, as well as outdoor adventure classes. We also offer a wide variety of in-home services for basic needs, behavior modification, separation anxiety, etc. Day training services are also available and conducted at an owner's home.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity, household aggression between dogs, resource guarding, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, arousal and impulse control issues.

Training methods: We train using positive reinforcement training methods, we do not utlize pinch, prong or shock collars. We offer behavior consultations if needed and typically start in-home training programs with a package of 4 lessons. Additional sessions needed are purchased one at a time.

Why I became a dog trainer: I had a dog and person reactive dog and I needed to find a way to help her, it grew into my passion, and I wanted to help other people.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the improvements with dogs and helping owners live the lives they want to with their pups.

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient! Changing behaviors takes time, but it is worth it in the end!

Service areas: All of Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts

Website: https://www.trainingtailsri.com

Maura Porter

Trainer of Low Confident Dogs. CPDT-KA Dog Trainer. Majority of client base with low-confident/reactive strong breeds. Goal is to train with respect and strength using force-free training. Weekly Reactive Dog walks. Basic and Advanced Obedience/Command work. Therapy dog (TD) prep, TD certification, CGC testing.

CS works with area rescues and shelters evaluating their dogs and creating training plans. Too many dogs are mislabeled as aggressive and lose their lives because of it; reality is most are nervous and scared. It is our job to train the owners to better understand their pup's behaviors.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Mt Ida College Dog Trainer Certification graduate

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Clear Skies offers in-home sessions for basic obedience, evaluations and individualized training protocols for problem behaviors, Canine Good Citizen testing, therapy dog prep and parallel pack walks for reactive or anxious dogs. I am CPDT-KA Certified Dog Trainer.

Behavioral issue focus: Anxious, low confident, scared, shutdown, pushy, aggressive, those deemed 'difficult'

Training methods: Do no harm. Do behavior modification training mainly both in my business and as Canine Manager at the Quincy Animal Shelter

Why I became a dog trainer: 2010

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing the dogs quality of life change for the better

My #1 dog training tip: Training involves respect not yelling or barking. See it from their eyes and you will understand your dog so much better than you think you can

Service areas: South Shore, SouthCoast, 128 area

Website: https://clearskiesdogtraining.weebly.com/

Andria Young

Andria Young is one of only ten Certified Canine Behavior Consultants (CCPDT and IAABC) in the entire state of Massachusetts and one of 200 in the world. With her additional certification as a Fear Free Professional and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) Andria instructs all group classes, private lessons and behavior consults.

When not assisting students, Andria enjoys continuing her education in all things canine behavior related, spending time with her human and animal family, adventuring and competing her rescue dogs.

Certifications: International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants - Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)

Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC)Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP), Family Dog Mediator (FDM)

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided:

STAR Puppy Class and Beginner Obedience beginning March 1st at 6pm and 7pm, respectively. Classes are limited to six students to allow individualized instruction for all; currently only two spots left in each class.

 Advanced Obedience and Advanced Trick Class (for students whose dogs have completed their Novice and Intermediate Trick titles) also starting in March.

 Our classes are all taught by a Force and Fear Free certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant (IAABC and CCPDT certified) utilizing positive reinforcement based training methods (no choke, prong or shock collars) helping you learn how to raise and train your dog to be an enjoyable adventure buddy, family member or competition partner!

 Behavior consults for reactivity , aggression and anxiety also available as well as private lessons.

 As a 501c3 non-profit charity, all proceeds of our classes directly benefit the animals in sanctuary here at Unmistaken Stars.

Behavioral issue focus: Specializing in aggression (dog to dog, and dog to human), reactivity, and anxiety.

Training methods: All methods are force and fear free, utilizing up to date science based humane training principles with no shock, prong or choke collars ever used.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2000

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The most enjoyable part of being a dog trainer is watching the bond between dog and owner grow as they deepen in understanding and trust of one another, working towards a particular skill, or as they overcome a challenging behavior.

The mission of our center is to provide a place where people and animals may help one another heal, and witnessing that healing through the growth of a safe human canine relationship is truly a great joy of mine.

My #1 dog training tip: Focus on setting your dog up for success so that they are able to learn what you seek to teach them.

Service areas: Serving all of Massachusetts and beyond, in person and virtual instruction

Website: https://unmistakenstars.com/

Victoria Montgomery

Group pet obedience classes, learning foundation behaviors. Day training program. Private in home training for tailored training plans.

Certifications: CPDT KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Group pet obedience classes, learning foundation behaviors. Day training program. Private in home training for tailored training plans.

Behavioral issue focus: Leash reactivity and fear based behaviors.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help dogs and owners better their relationship.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Watching a friendship build between people and their dog. Showing clients how clear communication, consistent reinforcement and kindness help dogs become confident in life.

My #1 dog training tip: Put your dogs needs first.

Service areas: South Shore/Plymouth county Massachusetts

Website: https://pawsitivelyobedient.com

Katrin Moffroid

After 20 years in consulting, covid convinced me to turn my passion and hobby of dog training into my new life's work. Response was so great I achieved my certified professional dog trainer certification (CPDT-KA) and opened Beyond Sit to help serve more dogs in my community. My happiest days on the job are when I can show clients they do not need the "tools" of choke or prong collars that other trainers forced them to use on their dog.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I offer private training sessions in your home, or out and about in the real world. I coach clients through the phases of puppyhood and adolescence, introducing basic manners for making your dog a well-behaved family member, and offer behavior modification coaching for dogs that need support managing their feelings about the world around them. I also offer training walks for clients who are short on time to train themselves.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with common puppy behaviors like biting, jumping, or leash pulling, as well as dogs that are reactive to people and/or other dogs.

Training methods: My methods are positive reinforcement, choice based learning. I aim to teach your dog first how to learn, then how to make good choices that will pay off for them, and make it easier for you to live with them!

Why I became a dog trainer: Training my own dogs in trucks and agility has been a passion of mine for many years. I wanted to share the kinder and gentler training methods that I have had success with to help people and their dogs build long lasting bonds and partnerships.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping dogs of course! Also seeing peoples surprise when they don't expect a nethod to work but start seeing results.

My #1 dog training tip: Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated.

Service areas: Southern New Hampshire in the areas surrounding Nashua and Manchester, including, but not limited to Hollis, Brookline, Amherst, Merrimack, etc. Also Massachusetts border towns such as Pepperell, Dunstable, Tyngsboro.

Website: https://www.beyondsittraining.com

Katie Bates

Writing about me's has never been easy. What I do know is that I love every dog I've ever come into contact with no matter the breed, creed, shape or size. I want to create a life for the families that I work with that has been made easier because they know they can rely on me. That they have someone to lean on when their dog is displaying aggressive or reactive behavior. I know that my goal in life is to create a life for those who aren't able to speak up for themselves.

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Potty training, basic commands, distraction training, leash work.

Behavioral issue focus: Although we will work with any pup we do tend to have dogs who are more on the aggressive reactive side.

Training methods: Training a dog isn't as easy as 123. Each and every dog has its own quirks and personality so figuring out what methods work best for each dog is half the battle. Ohmydog is a positive reinforcement training program that will use treats & such for desired behavior. We will consult and meet with families and dogs to make sure that we're a good fit. Our mission at ohmydog is to help the animals but also open a line of communication between family and fur baby. Using positive methods.

Why I became a dog trainer: I had the pleasure of work with someone who I seen perform actual miracles for families and it put me on the path of wanting to help they way he did.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing a dog who was wary of me become excited to see me.

My #1 dog training tip: Be consistent , be patient & allow yourself grace in the learning process.

Service areas: Malden

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ohmydogtrainingg

Emma Schneidkraut

Emma began her training career as a training and behavior intern at The Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado. Where she provided behavior modification for shelter dogs so that they could be adoption candidates. Once moving to New England she became a Training and Behavior Coordinator at The New Hampshire SPCA, where she provided training, and enrichment for shelter dogs, group classes, and private training for the public.

In addition to being a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner, she has her CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers - (CCPDT), she is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and is currently pursuing her certification with the incomparable Leslie McDevitt to become a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI).

Certifications: KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I work with dogs and puppies, varying from basic manners, enriching skills, and behavior modification for fearful, hyper-active, reactive, and case-by-case aggressive behaviors. I predominantly offer private in home training with guardians present, but can provide day training if one-on-one training is not an option.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly work with leash reactivity, stranger danger, and confidence building for fearful and touch sensitive dogs.

Training methods: I provide behavior consultations and training plans adapted for the individual dog/handler teams.

Why I became a dog trainer: I started my career when I adopted my second dog on my own, Sugar, she had significant fear and reactivity issues that required a lot of patience and time to modify. I realized through my journey with her that I wanted to help others with similarly challenging dogs, boosting confidence of handlers and their pups!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing dog/human teams gain confidence and understand each other better, so they can live their best lives with each other.

My #1 dog training tip: Ask for less, focus on your relationship, less behavior for more reinforcement.

Service areas: Haverhill, MA, Southern NH, North Shore MA

Website: https://www.facebook.com/adogseyeviewMA/

Pamela Brown

Pamela Brown is a Professional Certified Dog Trainer living in Norwood, Massachusetts. She is diligent about achieving goals and resolving negative behavior patterns in dogs. Adept at assessing root causes of behavior problems, stresses, and social anxieties in dogs in and outside the home.

She is a graduate of Catch Canine Academy achieving a certification as a Dog Trainer. Pamela went on to further her education to better understand and assess her knowledge of dogs, and achieved her professional certification from the nationally recognized Council for Certification for Professional Dog Trainers obtaining her CPDT-KA.

Pamela understands dogs are a big part of your family, because she has been involved in the dog industry volunteering at adoption agencies, training service, rescue dogs, and has two adopted dogs of her own.

She is always committed to helping dog owners find the solutions they are looking for to create a calm home environment.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, C.C.D.T., B.A.

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Our programs addresses and solves those common dog problems such as:

Counter surfing
House training
Separation anxiety
Group Classes
Leash pulling and more

Behavioral issue focus: We work with dogs who would benefit from behavior modification on walks for leash pulling, and new puppy behaviors such as nipping, jumping, house training, pulling on leash.

Training methods: We use positive reinforcement to help build your dog's confidence and change behavioral issues. Building positive association.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer to help busy families train their dog to be well mannered.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing the results and knowing that I've made a difference in a families life.

My #1 dog training tip: Dog training is not a sprint but marathon. Training a dog is a commitment but if you stay the course you will see results

Service areas: We service 25 min away from Norfolk County and Virtual Training

Website: https://www.down4paws.com

Mathew Miller

I've been working with dogs since 2016 and earned my CPDT - KA in 2018 since then I've earned my Masters in canine life science from Bergin University and then earned my CBCC-KA. I originally went to school for environmental science and education at the University of New England.

After adopting my dog Trapper John who was a fearful dog, I realized I wanted to play my part in restoring and rehabilitating the relationship between people and their dogs who struggle with behavior challenges. Getting people to remember why and how much they love their dog is one of the best joys in my life.

Currently have my old man Trapper John, Figment the windsprite, and Arya the pitbull.

Certifications: M.S. in Canine Human Life Science CBCC-KA CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I tend to cover a lot of the basics from puppy kindergarten up to level 1 obedience. Typically focus on behavior modification either in behavior consultations, private lessons, and day training sessions. I also offer classes for manners, as well as reactive dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: I love helping people and their dogs work through more challenging behaviors, such as fear, anxiety, compulsion, separation distress, and aggressive behaviors.

Training methods: I am a LIMA base trainer and only use R+ methods. My goal is to find ways to link all of the theory and science of how dogs learn and link it to how we live our lives. Working through behavior consults, I always want to find a path forward that is enjoyable and fun for both you and your dog.

Why I became a dog trainer: Dogs have been a huge part of my life since childhood. I feel like I always had an affinity for the dogs I've met. I more or less fell into dog training after college and getting a job walking dogs. I really enjoyed and seemingly had a knack for walking some of the more challenging dogs and my interest in the scientific world of dogs ended up as a perfect combination. My interest in reading and science and my affinity towards animals working with dogs just made sense for me.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Many people reach out to me when they are at their wits end and are really struggling emotionally with their dog. My favorite part is the moment when things start to come together and they can see hope and being able to watch a reinvigoration of their relationship with their dog. Getting to play a part in that is the most meaningful part of my job.

My #1 dog training tip: Have empathy

Service areas: Greater Newburyport

Angela Legere

Angela is a Victoria Stilwell Academy Certified Dog Trainer, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and Evaluator with Do More With Your Dog, and a Fear Free Certified Professional. She's currently teaching group classes at Fit-N-Trim Dog Sport Training in Rowley, MA. Puppy Classes, Basic & Intermediate Manners, Control Unleashed and MORE!


VSA-CDT online

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

Service areas: Essex County

Website: https://www.facebook.com/angelalegeremoderndogtraining

Janice Gifford

I started working assisting group classes 2014 and have now devoted my career to working with dogs in many different aspects including group training, in home training, behavior modification, and shelter or rescue evaluations and training.

I work full time at PAWSitively Obedient in Pembroke/Hanover, MA and also for myself at Progressive Obedience.

I'm very passionate about proper socialization, training using humane methods, and advocating for the individual dog and their needs.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Fear Free certified professional, PPG Member

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Puppy kindergarten, good manners group classes, curbing adolescence group classes, reactive rover group classes, private training and behavior modification, day training.

Behavioral issue focus: On leash reactivity - barking, lunging, attempting to bite; fear and avoidance aggression

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement based training methods, following a LIMA standard (least intrusive, minimally aversive), and believe in managing the environment when needed to help aid behavior modification and training.

Why I became a dog trainer: To help humans learn how to bond through training in a more positive way with their companion dog.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping reactive dogs and their humans.

My #1 dog training tip: Work with the dog in front of you and what they are capable of in that very specific moment.

Service areas: Dorcherster, Quincy, Milton, Braintree, Weymouth, Abington, Hanover, Norwell, Pembroke, Scituate, Cohasett, Marshfield, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, Rockland, Hingham, etc.

Website: https://www.pawsitivelyobedient.com

Meaghan White

I've been in the animal field for about 10 years now and am currently employed as a dog trainer at PetSmart in Danvers. I studied animal science for 4 years in high school and have a huge background of working with animals.

I've worked with all sizes and breeds of dogs, cats, small animals, reptiles, birds, and fish. I also have a huge wealth of knowledge on animal health and nutrition. I offer many different levels and types of training classes, including puppy, intermediate, advanced, trick, therapy dog prep classes, and private lessons. I am also an AKC CGC evaluator, so I can administer CGC tests (including STAR puppy) and trick titles. For pets of my own, I have 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs, and a Samoyed puppy :)

Certifications: AKC CGC Evaluator

Services include:

  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I mainly work on obedience within both group and private sessions. In my puppy/beginner level, I cover basics such as sit, down, leave it/drop it, recall, loose leash walking, and wait. In my intermediate level, we introduce additional distractions and new cues- stay, place, and heel. In my advanced level, we work towards the Canine Good Citizen title, so I cover everything that would be on the evaluation, as well as additional cues such as emergency stop, back up, and stand. In my private lessons, I tailor to whatever the individual dog needs help with. I also offer a trick class and a brain games class for the dogs that are ready for something more fun and mentally stimulating.

Behavioral issue focus: Outside of basic obedience, I will sometimes work on leash reactivity, but nothing more complex than that.

Training methods: I train using all positive reinforcement. That doesn't mean that I only train with treats, but it does mean we only use reward based methods.. those rewards are often times treats, but I also like to use play and affection as rewards, as well as teaching life rewards. That means I'll have the dogs work for things that they would usually get for 'free' anyways. (ex. meals, fetch, going out the door, walks, etc.)

Why I became a dog trainer: I wanted to help keep pets in their homes. One of the biggest reasons dogs end up in shelters or get rehomed is because of behavioral problems or lack of training. A well trained dog equals a happier owner, and a happier dog!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love seeing my students progress over the course of their classes. It's amazing to see the difference that just a couple of weeks or months can make when their owners are consistent with their training.

Focus on the dog that is in front of you!! Every dog is going to learn at a different pace, and that is okay. Don't rush things. Take your dog's signals and only increase the difficulty when they are ready for it.

Service areas: Located in Danvers, MA; but my students are usually from all over Essex county.

Website:  https://marketplace.akc.org/meaghanwhitedogtrainer

Eden Zook

Hi, my name is Eden Zook. I am currently the owner/trainer/behavior consultant for Canine Karma LLC for the past six years. Previously I was known in the Seacoast area for being the Manager of Behavior and Training at the New Hampshire SPCA, during which time I successfully ran a training and behavior modification program for the public's dogs and shelter dogs. That work included, but was not limited to, group classes for all levels including dog sports and other specialities, private behavioral consultations, play groups, many workshops and seminars, the creation of a pet assisted therapy program, and a behavioral enrichment program for shelter animals.

I am a graduate of the Animal Behavior College where I received my ABCDT Certification, as well as UMass Amherst with a BA in Psychology and Associates in both Sociology and Criminal Justice. I am also a professional member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer), along with a variety of other training certifications. In addition I have my Reiki level 2 certification and am an animal Reiki practitioner.

I have worked in the field of animal welfare/services for over 16 years holding such positions as animal behaviorist, temperament testing specialist, certified dog trainer, veterinary technician, humane educator and humane law enforcement officer. I previously taught and mentored under Kelley Bollen, renowned animal behaviorist, at Animal Alliances and the Collared Scholar in Massachusetts. I teach a wide variety of group classes which can all be seen in detail HERE . I also specialize in fear, anxiety, aggression, and reactivity behavior modification.

In addition to the many services I offer for you and your canine companion, I am incredibly proud to be a trainer for a variety of organizations. I am a mentor trainer for the CATCH Trainers Academy and Animal Behavior College, helping dog training hopefuls reach their personal career success as well as train service dogs for several different organizations. It is extremely rewarding work to be part of these amazing programs. In addition I am often called upon to act as a canine behavior expert for a variety of dog aggression court proceedings. I also spend quite a bit of time with various volunteer projects at local animal rescues and serve on the board of directors. Rescue has always been a strong part of who I am and my passion; so I am forever great full for such a wonderful collaboration.

I am passionate about strengthening the human-animal bond and currently share my home with: Johnny, a 10-year old American Pitbull Terrier; Obsidian, a 16 week old Doberman; Raven, a7-year old special needs Doberman Pincher; Piglet, a 7-year old Boston Terrier; Loki, a 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier; Zipper, a 9- year old Chug; Annie, a 18- year old torbie cat; Rick James and Tyrone Bigums, 2 male cockatiels; and Moxie, a 12- year old African Grey Parrot; Bob, 7 year old Tennesse Walking Horse; Joker, 5 year old mini horse; Gipsy Danger, 2 year old mini horse; and 9 chickens; so YES, I do love my animals.

Certifications: AS, BA, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, CGC, APDT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: We (Canine Karma)offer a wide variety of group classes/workshops; as well as private, in-home options and behavior modification. I specialize in working with dogs who struggle with fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression.

Behavioral issue focus: I personally specialize in working with dogs who struggle with fear, anxiety, reactivity, and aggression. But I have an incredible team of trainers (Canine Karma) who work with a wide variety of behavioral challenges.

Training methods: At Canine Karma we use modern, force-free, positive training techniques, and most importantly they are realistic. We will provide you with the tools you need to handle the real world with ease and harmony. Together we will work as a team to solidify the human-animal bond and to mend any broken partnerships between you and your dog.

Service areas: Seacoast New Hampshire, Northeastern Massachusetts, and Southern Maine Seacoast areas

Website: https://www.canine-karma.com

Jenn Frankavitz

Jenn developed a passion for all things animals from a young age, and has been working with them in some form ever since. She has owned Four Leggers since 2014. Jenn has a BFA in Fine Arts, and has earned her CPDT-KA (Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers certification), is a SDC (Service Dog Coach), AKC-CGC (AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Instructor), TDI (Trick Dog Instructor), C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator/Instructor, ANWI K9 Nose Work instructor, FFCP (Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer), a CATCH Mentor Trainer, and a member of the APDT, IAABC, and Pet Professional Guild.

Jenn is available for behavior consultations, behavior modification training, and service dog training.

When she is not training dogs, Jenn enjoys spending time with her dogs, working with her horse, volunteering for Mastiff rescue, and spending time on her farm at home.


Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Obedience classes, impulse control training, board and train, reactive dog expert, puppy specialist in prevention of behavioral issues, day training

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive and aggressive dogs, separation anxiety, resource guarding

Training methods: We utilize positive methods for all services, including board and train. Most services begin with an initial consultation to go over goals, so that we can devise an appropriate behavior modification plan.

Why I became a dog trainer: 2010

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping humans improve communication with their dogs!

My #1 dog training tip: Take time to understand the learner's needs and move at the dog's pace.

Service areas: Essex County, MA and word-wide virtually!

Website: https://www.fourleggersdoggiedaycare.com

Alexandria Hawk

Originally from New York, I relocated to Rhode Island at the same time I started my career as a dog trainer. After graduating from Catch Canine Trainer Academy, I moved to Newport where I reside with my seven-year-old mixed breed, Ashley Pants. In addition to offering my services privately, I run group training classes at The Wiggle Room, Rumford Pet Express, and the Potter League for Animals.


CGC Evaluator

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided:

Basic Obedience & Behavioral
Private Sessions & Group Class
Remote & In-Person

Behavioral issue focus:

Body Handling
Resource Guarding

Training methods: Fear and Force Free, Scientific Methods

Why I became a dog trainer: To help people communicate and connect with their dogs. My motivator was hard-to-adopt shelter dogs with behavioral issues

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping improve dog's lives

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient and communicate through body language

Service areas: Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Fall River, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Wakefield, Narragansett

Website: https://www.ahdogtrainingri.com

Dory Rosati

Dory is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) serving the greater seacoast of MA and NH. She has a bachelor's degree in Animal Behavior from the University of New England and years of experience training dogs, cats, birds, and even tigers using clickers!

Dory teaches group classes and private lessons using science-based training methods to improve the dog's behavior and the relationship between an owner and their dog. Dory is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the CCPDT, a Family Paws Pet Educator, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, FPPE

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: In-home private lessons, day training, board and train, group classes, basic obedience, agility, reactivity and aggression cases, family mediation & new baby preparation

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity, fear, and anxiety

Training methods: Clicker trainer, using positive reinforcement to help improve communication and relationships between dogs and owners. Customized training plans and support throughout the training process.

Why I became a dog trainer: I love working with dogs and helping build positive relationships between families and their dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing families enjoy their dog- especially young children!

My #1 dog training tip: Have fun with your dog!

Service areas: Seacoast of MA & NH

Website: dory@seacoastcanine.com

Blythe Bouchard (Neer)

Hi! I'm Blythe. I am a multi-certified dog trainer specializing in service dogs, scent detection, and behavior modification. My favorite clients to work with are those who are excited to work with their dog every day, love to know all of the information and why behind the exercises, and want to learn as much as they can about their dogs. My client base is primarily service dog handlers and pet guardians in the neurodivergent, disabled, or LGBTQIA community. I am also disabled and neurodivergent, so I love to help those like me overcome their barriers to dog training.


Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I specialize in behavior modification for reactivity, aggression, resource guarding, and separation anxiety. I also specialize in service dog training and more specifically scent detection tasks. I primarily train via zoom remotely in order to help dog guardians worldwide. I have a low cost membership for those who need a little support but don't need full one on one training.

Behavioral issue focus: Reactivity (fear or excitement), Aggression, Resource Guarding, Separation Anxiety, Pulling on Lead, Barking, Growling, General Fear and Anxiety

Training methods: My methods would be best described as force free. The tools I use are non-restrictive harnesses, leashes, clickers, treats, and flat collars. My membership community is open all the time and is a small monthly fee for access to all of my online courses, live calls, and daily q and a. I also offer one on one private training. This starts with an application, then a behavior evaluation so I can get to know you and your dog, then a custom training plan for your situation. These can be conducted in person or remotely via zoom anywhere.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer after becoming disabled and learning to train my own service dog. It was an incredible experience, and I've always loved animals. I love to teach and share what I learn, so training dog guardians was the next best step for me. I noticed gaps in the industry for those of us who are disabled, neurodivergent, or LGBTQIA, so I wanted to provide a solution for those like me.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of being a dog trainer is watching dog guardians learn just how incredible their dog really is and how individual each dog's personality is as well. I love watching the relationships grow and the guardians leaving me with the tools to solve any behavior struggle on their own. They leave empowered, and it's really awesome to watch.

My #1 dog training tip: Meet your dogs' needs. Whether they are a pet, service dog, or working dog, all dogs have dog-like needs. In order to experience success in training, all of these needs must be met first. This is the biggest thing I see missing in my client dogs when first working with me.

Service areas: Loveland, CO, Greeley, CO, Fort Collins, CO, Kersey, CO, Ault, CO, Eaton, CO

Website: https://www.deltatails.com

Lisa Bert

I am the proud mom of two adult children and didn't know, when we got our first dog when the children were little, just how little I knew! My good fortune to have great trainers and mentors on the cutting edge of animal-friendly training led to a career change to teach other families who need that support.

That journey began in 2004 while my children were young teens and we had one dog - adding the second dog was a whole new level of learning! I willingly share my own errors, experience, and empathy with my clients as I continue to grow my own knowledge and experience.

I completed Karen Pryor Academy's Professional Dog Trainer course in 2011, became a licensed educator for Family Paws Parent Education in 2012, and passed the independent exam to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed in 2013. In December of 2022 I completed the revolutionary new L.E.G.S. Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation Professional Course; I will complete Dr. Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals Professional Course, covering the fundamental principles and procedures of teaching and learning, in March 2023.

For well over a decade I assisted and then taught puppy socialization and level 1 and 2 obedience classes, until a move overseas forced me to shift to only one-on-one. Now I'm back, and I look forward to finding a way to offer group classes again to supplement my clients with yet another support option as V3 of my business picks up steam!

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, licensed educator for Family Paws Parent Education

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Remote and in-home support for families with dogs that have or are bringing children in the home, and for people with puppies or newly adopted dogs, using fun games and science-based training to build positive relationships based on mutual trust and respect. Clients become more effective and positive listeners and communicators with their dogs through my guidance. Human topics/skills often include how to set up and teach separation with inclusion, how to read and respond to canine body language, how to install and use cues and reinforcers. Dog skills often include socialization, emotional regulation (and the skills used to achieve that!), and "must have manners" that will help the dog be successful in that family.

Behavioral issue focus: I commonly assist people with dogs demonstrating overexcitement, overstimulation, fear, anxiety, reactivity, or inability to settle, usually in relation to children, a new baby, or visitors to the house. I also teach people how to support and teach newly adopted puppies, adolescents, and adult dogs as they transition into their new home.

Training methods: Clients typically start by completing a detailed intake form and sending me preliminary videos and photos. The initial consultation is about 2 hours long and includes assessment of the dog's behavior and the environment in which it occurs, plus management suggestions, education through discussion and materials provided, and demonstration and practice of preliminary exercises. Within a few days I then send a summary that includes a detailed plan for management and training, and I follow up regarding progress and questions. Clients can then choose to DIY or move into an All Access plan of their choice. All access plans provide a given number of Live Time hours (in person and/or remote, as agreed with client), plus full access to me for the same number of months: emails, texts, phone calls, and picture/video reviews/feedback. From point of first contact and through the life of the dog, however, I emphasize that I am always available for questions about anything already discussed, and that I will let them know if a discussion indicates that further paid time is needed in order to address an issue properly.

Why I became a dog trainer: I was fascinated by the science of the method I was learning and amazed at the results - not so much that my dog "became a good dog" but that we all learned how to communicate with each other, he came to trust us implicitly, and our relationship with him was considerably deepened. I wanted to share that experience with other people and families who struggle with building that connection with their dog, especially if the dog was fearful, as our first dog was.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer:Those "lightbulb" moments when both the dog and human really make that connection - it's beautiful

My #1 dog training tip: Objectively observe your dog every day, and learn how to accurately interpret what you see. Once you can do that, you will learn most of what you need to know from your dog.

Service areas: Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Beverly, Billerica, Boxford, Burlington, Cambridge, Charlestown, Chelsea, Danvers, East Boston, Everett, Hamilton, Lexington, Lincoln, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Middleton, Nahant, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Waltham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wenham, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn, Salem NH

Website: https://www.fingersandpaws.com

Donna Boidi

While I have always been an animal lover, my love of language and learning is what drove me to become a professional dog trainer. After graduating from New York University as a linguistics major, I completed a Master of Education in Developmental Studies at Boston University while working full-time in the field of higher education. My scholarly pursuits in language acquisition and learning theory prepared me well for the 6-month Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program which took my training skills to a new level. As a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, I have worked with multiple species and was evaluated in-person on both the efficiency of my training and my effectiveness as an instructor. Simultaneously, I also completed well over 300 hours of hands-on experience working with clients and took a 180-question exam covering ethology, learning theory, technique, and instruction to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Both of these certifications require continuing education and recertification, which requires me to stay current on any developments in the industry. You can feel confident that both you AND your dog are in well-informed and compassionate hands.

Certifications: KPA CTP CPDT-KA Master of Education

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: private coaching sessions online and in-person, day training, decompression and desensitization walks

Behavioral issue focus: dogs that struggle with anxiety, reducing frustration/friction in the human canine relationship (particularly those considering rehoming)

Training methods: optional 15 minute phone chat, initial consultation to select appropriate service, packages available as fully virtual or hybrid if located in New England

Why I became a dog trainer: If I am not working with your dog, I am working with my own. I knew it was time to make a career change when my nightstand was full of dog training books and all of my vacation time was being used for dog training seminars and dog sport competitions. Unlike most dog trainers, I did not grow up with dogs and when I finally brought home my first dog as an adult, it was nothing I expected it to be. We struggled with reactivity issues while living in the bustle of Boston so I know firsthand how isolating and frustrating dog ownership can be. It wasn't until we attended our first nose work class that I felt like I truly saw my dog for the first time. Instead of being in constant conflict, we started having conversations and working as a team. Before long we were training and competing in Rally Obedience, Barn Hunt, Disc, Agility, and Flyball.

My reactive dog that previously couldn't handle passing one dog on the street was now able to compete at the North American Flyball Association Championships in Indianapolis with hundreds of high energy dogs running around her. Participating in dog sports fuels my work with clients and challenges me to become a more effective trainer every single day. I believe every dog lover deserves to feel the absolute joy that comes from achieving something together alongside the best teammate in the world, their dog!

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My FAVORITE part of being a dog trainer is when my clients no longer need me. Not because their dogs are perfect, but because the human now feels empowered to troubleshoot problems on their own.

My #1 dog training tip: Listen to your dog.

Service areas: South Shore (Pembroke, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield) and remote

Website: https://viewpointdog.com

Lauren Storm

Hello , My name is Lauren Storm. I work with puppies and service dogs. I am certified through the IAABC. I want currently working on getting my CARAT certification to better place service dog puppies in future homes. I love task training and hope to someday teach scent work as well!

Certifications: IAABC-ADT

Services include:

  • Service dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: 1:1 puppy training and training guides , Service dog Task workshops , Basic manners , Socialization guides and session for puppies , Enrichment and exercise consultations

Behavioral issue focus: Puppy bitting , excited behavior while working as a service dog , Lack of relaxation skills

Training methods: daily training guides , litter evaluations , group lessons , 1:1 lessons

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a dog trainer because I was training my own service dog and did so many things that held us back when I lacked education in the beginning, and I wanted to not only educate myself but others as well.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I think my favorite part of being a dog trainer is task training, when you watch the dog complete a task for the first time that will make a client's life better or save their life it is so refreshing.

My #1 dog training tip: My number one dog training is slow is safe!

Service areas: I am primarily remote

Website: https://www.Deltatails.com

Erika Jackson

Erika is the owner and senior dog trainer of Blue Dingo Dogs. Growing up around dogs and horses in the grooming, training, and show worlds it was her first group class with the family dog that solidified her love of dog training. As soon as she was able she volunteered with local dog organizations and local shelters to learn as much as possible about all facets of dog training from pets to working dogs, to shelter dogs and rescues.

Certifications: Ccpdt- KA, IAABC Accredited trainer, CGC instructor, Do More With Your Dog Instructor, Fear Free Trainer, Fear Free Boarding and Daycare

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Basic Obedience, Group classes, In Home private lessons, Virtual, Reactive dog, Puppy, Service dog, Therapy Dog, Trainer run daycare

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive dogs, fearful dogs, newly adopted adult dogs.

Training methods: We offer a consult prior to all training services, written training plans for each client, and we work with clients veterinarians as needed

Why I became a dog trainer: Her passion for positive reinforcement training came with the adoption of her first dog, Earl. When the more traditional techniques she had learned over the years caused less than ideal results Erika took classes from skilled trainers and researched alternative methods to get the results she was looking for. In their time together Earl overcame her noise phobias, fear of people, resource guarding, and reactivity toward other dogs. With the switch to positive reinforcement techniques Earl earned her CGC, several trick dog titles, was a class demo dog, and a wonderful neutral dog for fearful/reactive dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with clients to improve the lives of their dogs and their families. Being even a brief part of the journey together as a team is what makes hard days worth it!

My #1 dog training tip: Reinforce the behaviors you want to see more of.

Service areas: Worcester County, Essex County, Middlesex country

Website: https://bluedingodogs.com

Sara Marshall

Sara began training with dozens of foster dogs in the early 90's and worked for a trainer, at a vet hospital and as the trainer-on-staff at an animal shelter in subsequent years. In her spare time she enjoys training for dog sports and hanging out in her own multi-dog household (where she shares her life with 5 dogs ranging from 8-90 lbs).

Certifications: CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, Fear Free Certified

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Basic manners; obedience; common behavior issues like housetraining, jumping, barking; help for reactivity, aggression and fearful behaviors

Behavioral issue focus: Sara frequently works with dogs that are labeled fearful or aggressive, helping their humans learn how to support them, build confidence and teach them more appropriate behavior.

Training methods: Sara offers stand-alone behavior consultations to address a single behavioral concern: these include safety & management considerations and a basic plan for moving forward. Typically a package of sessions is most suitable for clients seeking to modify their dog's behavior as it provides extra support, hands-on guidance and feedback. Sara helps her clients use positive reinforcement training and environmental management to teach their dogs what they want them to do while preventing rehearsal of unwanted behaviors.

Why I became a dog trainer: Sara has spent her life learning about dogs and realizes it's not always easy to sort through the information that's out there and dismiss inaccurate advice presented as facts. She became a trainer to share clear, relevant information with clients and help them use sound, humane techniques to train their own dogs.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Sara's favorite part of being a dog trainer is helping strengthen the relationship between dogs and their people through understanding and communication.

My #1 dog training tip: No doesn't give your dog any information about what you'd like him/her to do instead. Focus on teaching what you DO want while you prevent rehearsal of what you don't want.

Service areas: Cape Cod
Barnstable County, parts of Plymouth County
Sandwich, Barnstable, Mashpee, Falmouth, Marstons Mills, Osterville, Centerville, West Barnstable, Cotuit, Hyannis, Yarmouth, Dennis, Bourne, parts of Plymouth

Website: https://www.pawsintranslation.com

Jenny Efimova

Jenny Efimova (she/her) is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Certified Control Unleashed Instructor, and a Fear Free Certified Training Professional.

Jenny is skilled in using evidence-based positive reinforcement training and behavior modification techniques that are humane, effective, and safe.

As a Fear Free training professional, Jenny is experienced in helping reduce fear, anxiety, and stress associated with veterinary visits, grooming, and handling by empowering and teaching dogs to cooperate in their own care.

Jenny holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's of Public Administration from Northeastern University. She earned a certificate of excellence for completing Living and Learning with Animals, a comprehensive course focusing on the technology of applied behavior analysis. Jenny is committed to continuing her education by taking part in training and behavior courses, seminars, workshops, and online learning.

Certifications: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Certified Control Unleashed Instructor, and a Fear Free Certified Training Professional.

Service areas: Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Needham, and Newton.

Website: https://www.dogminded.training/

Clare Karos

I teach puppy socialization classes, Level 1, 2 and 3 training classes and Canine Good Citizen Prep class at the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain.
I started out as a volunteer at the Boston MSPCA Shelter and volunteered and audited training classes. I have been teaching group class and private training there since 2010. I share my home with my husband, three daughters, an adolescent Great Dane and two pugs. I love working with all breeds and have a special interest in the giant breeds.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I teach puppy socialization classes, group training classes including Level 1, 2, 3 and Canine Good Citizen Prep classes and private training at the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain.

Behavioral issue focus: I teach the basic foundation behaviors including sit down, stay, recall, loose-leash walking, leave it, drop it and mat work. In the classroom setting many families struggle with their dogs jumping on people, counters etc. so teaching sit and go to your mat and other foundation behaviors can replace some unwanted behaviors.

Why I became a dog trainer: I've always loved dogs since I was a child and have always been interested in dog behavior. I was very lucky to be introduced to the science of dog training at the MSPCA and have been learning more about dog behavior ever since. It is a passion of mine that has become an amazing job.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love teaching puppies and young dogs and seeing how they learn and the progress they make when using positive reinforcement training. I enjoy seeing people see the change in behavior in their dogs and see people have fun teaching their dogs their life skills.

My #1 dog training tip: Reward behaviors you like from your dog and try to prevent unwanted behaviors.xftanzi

Service areas: Roslindale, West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain

Jenny Yasi

Jenny Ruth Yasi, BFA, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and she is also a Fear-Free Certified Professional animal trainer. She's certified as a Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dogs, an AKC CGC evaluator, member candidate of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and Control Unleashed Instructor Training. Jenny is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Her dogs are titled in and they train in a variety of dog sports. Jenny enjoys training 'practical' dog behaviors, such as skijoring, retrieve and deliver, find, alert, and backyard games that don't take a whole lot of training equipment, and that offer fun exercise, and practice of useful skills.

Jenny grew up on a small farm, milking goats, riding horses, caring for meat rabbits, keeping a wide variety of small to large pets (especially birds!), and graduated from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1998 with a self-designed major in Behavior Science. Jenny LOVES behavior science, and has traveled to study with chicken, monkey, horse and marine mammal trainers, as well as with world renowned dog trainers. She has especially followed Leslie McDevitt (Control Unleashed programs ) and Susan Garrett's Recallers, H360, Agility Nation, Puppy nation programs, and Sylvia Trkman have had profound impacts on Jenny's animal training style, which is centered on the power of choice, and removing 'adversarial' components to the human/dog partnership.

Locally, Leslie Whitney from Happy Tails was Jenny's first dog training teacher, and introduced Jenny to Karen Pryor clicker training. Jenny got tired of buying clickers and so she started clicking with her tongue, and now sometimes if she dreams of a dog, she might 'click' the dog in her sleep!

Jenny approaches behavior and training as a science as well as an art, weaving operant and classical conditioning into the way we arrange our environments. Control of the environment (Jenny is also an organic gardener, with a special love of flowers and natural medicine) helps shape default behaviors as dogs respond to environmental cues, aka 'context cues,'and learn to think independently and do what works best.

Jenny has had 8 dogs of her own over her adult life, Sampson, Lady, Lassie, Dandelion, Tigerlily, Charlie, Honey Bee, M'Ocean, two or three dogs at a time, and besides Susan Garrett and Leslie McDevitt, Jenny has sponged from some of the greatest animal trainers in the world: Chicken Camp with Terry Ryan, ClickerExpo, Freestyle workshops and seminars with Carolyn Scott, Atilla Suzukalek, Mary Ray. Jenny especially loves training 'freestyle' (dog tricks to music), and she provided pet assisted therapy to in the pediatric psychiatric unit of Spring Harbor Hospital for a few years with her barbet, Tigerlily.

At one time, Jenny had a career as a singer/songwriter/storyteller, and she loves to combine music with animal training. She is also hard of hearing now (but don't blame the drummer, blame genetics!) and has trained four of her dogs to perform hearing alerts, and she also has trained SAR alerts! Jenny loves to continue her education and regularly attends seminars, workshops, and competes in rally, agility, trick dog and other events to challenge and test her growth as a trainer!

After raising her family on an island off the coast of Maine, Jenny and her husband moved to Freeport in 2015. In 2016-2017 they sailed 2800 miles with two dogs aboard Magus, from Maine through the Bahamas. Along the way, Jenny visited over a dozen schools with her reassuring animal training and humane education program 'How to make big problems smaller!'

Even if you aren't a local, if visiting us calls to you, we invite you 'Stay and Train' with us at our homestead, Bliss Woods Farm in Freeport Maine! https://airbnb.com/h/wholedogcamp

Or Find us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/wholedogcamp

Find Jenny's training videos on youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/yasijenny

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CCUI, CTDI, FFCP(trainer) AKC CGC evaluator

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Scent work, Agility, Freestyle, Rally/Obedience, Play Training, Retrieve/Delivery, Control Unleashed

Behavioral issue focus: Reactive, shy, anxious, separation anxiety, resource guarding

Training methods: Written evaluation, video recorded sessions, training plans, online resources and community, zoom follow ups

Why I became a dog trainer: To make the world a better place

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Everything!! The people! The dogs!

My #1 dog training tip: Dogs are jokers. They like to laugh. If you aren't laughing and having fun the whole time you're training, your dog isn't going to understand you.

Service areas: Portland, Freeport, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Falmouth

Website: https://www.wholedogcamp.com

Aubrey Sperry

Aubrey Sperry, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is the owner and head trainer of Sit Pretty Dog Training. She is certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and by Fear Free as a Fear Free Certified Trainer.

Aubrey is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, and she has worked professionally with animals since 2007. She gained experience teaching people while working as an educator at the Los Angeles Zoo, and learned to work with various dog breeds as a veterinary technician in an emergency and specialty practice in Los Angeles.

More recently in Boston, Aubrey worked as a zookeeper at the Franklin Park Zoo, where she trained or assisted in training a variety of exotic animals.

As her career progressed from vet tech to zookeeper to aquarium vet tech, Aubrey realized dog training is her first love. During her five years working in the veterinary field, she noticed that the discomfort animals can have in veterinary clinics makes work difficult for veterinarians and can make dogs and their owners anxious.

She has also seen instances of dogs being returned to shelters and rescues due to a lack of training. These situations ranged from differing energy levels between an owner and the dog chosen, to leash reactivity in the city, to simple misunderstanding of normal dog behavior. Being a witness to these common problems has led Aubrey to work with dogs in a way that reduces frustration in dogs and their owners with supportive and positive communication.

Aubrey wants to be there to support new dog owners, veterinary clinicians and their clients, and people who are struggling to maintain a balanced city life with their dogs.

As a veterinary technician and avid participant in dog sports, Aubrey has worked with many different dog breeds, and knows how to tailor training regimens to suit different temperaments of individual dogs. She believes that many dogs can adapt to fit a lifestyle that suits a city dweller with the right training and mental stimulation.

Aubrey lives in West Roxbury with her two dogs, Jolene and Guillermo. They are active in the dog sport flyball and can be seen with their team, Ready, Set, Ruckus!, at tournaments throughout the year. Aubrey also enjoys working her dogs in rally obedience, dock diving, canine frisbee, lure coursing, and nosework. She also works hard to make sure her dogs are well adjusted city dwellers. Say hi if you see them around West Rox or JP.

Certifications: CDBC, CNWI, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Aubrey, a certified trainer and behavior consultant can help, there is hope. She will come to your space and assess your dog and your lifestyle. There are many steps we can take, both short-term and long-term, to improve life with your dog. Helping dogs feel comfortable in their environment, with their valued objects, and around common sights and sounds can improve the daily life of your family, both in safety and in stress levels.

Offering private behavior consultations in client homes, group classes, and semi-private sessions for specific issues.

Behavioral issue focus: Learning and solutions for serious behavioral concerns including aggression, resource guarding, fear, and other sensitivities.

Training methods: We'll begin with a Consultation, which includes detailed discussion of your dog's behavioral and training history, planning for short and long term goals for behavior change, and the start of a training and safety plan.

Most successful training plans require follow up sessions that include continued support in implementing the proposed behavior plan. We build on existing skills, teach new skills, continue behavior change & management.

During our first session we'll discuss a training plan and make recommendations as to the number of follow up sessions that may be needed for your specific behavior issues and goals. Throughout the follow up sessions we provide continued support in implementing the proposed behavior plan so you can see and feel the changes in your dog's behavior.

Why I became a dog trainer: I fell in love with the process of training when I got my first dog, Eleanor Dwayne. I worked through training her in multiple dog sports and learned how to help her cope with frustration and reactivity. When I got my dog Jolene and she struggled with fear based behaviors, I dove more heavily into learning about behavior modification in a city setting. It is my goal to help dogs that struggle in human society and with the lifestyles they are expected to fit into.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I love working with dog owners and watching them observe their dogs learn and change. Often, both human and dog family members need to be supported to modify the situation to be the best for all involved. It is endlessly rewarding to help families get closer and embrace their dog family members for who they are.

My #1 dog training tip: Know how your environment plays a role in behavior - change that first.

Service areas: Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Newton, Dedham, Needham, Greater Boston

Website: https://www.sitprettydogtraining.com

Lizzy Flanagan

Hi! I'm Lizzy, a multi-certified, insured positive-reinforcement dog trainer and behavior consultant. My dogs Tuck, Finch, and Idgie and I live in a cottage near the woods in Worcester, MA.

Whether you're in Worcester, Massachusetts, or Walla Walla, Washington, I'm here for you! I graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson's esteemed Academy for Dog Trainers, where I studied dog behavior and training and learning theory. My dog training spans basics like teaching "sit" to advanced aggression cases. I see clients in private one-on-one sessions, online via Zoom, and in classes.

More recently, I earned the Fear Free and Separation Anxiety Professional Trainer certifications (SA PRO).

My Approach

I vow to use efficient, force-free, Fear Free methods in our work together. I will respect your time and financial investment. It would be unethical for me to make promises about outcomes regarding animal behavior, but I am all about honoring your goals!

I'll bring compassion, patience, knowledge, and kindness to every session--maybe a few laughs, too! Also, bags of chicken, cheese, or turkey.

Certifications: Fear Free and Separation Anxiety Professional Trainer certifications (SA PRO)

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training

Training methods: I vow to use efficient, force-free, Fear Free methods in our work together. I will respect your time and financial investment. It would be unethical for me to make promises about outcomes regarding animal behavior, but I am all about honoring your goals!

Service areas: Worcester, MA

Website: https://www.thegooddogpeople.com/

Shelley Harrison

Shelley is a certified KPA-CTP dog trainer with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University, and a BA from Smith College. She is also an A-Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC. Shelley is also currently working towards a CSAT certification (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer) through the Malena DeMartini Separation Anxiety program. She has worked as a trainer with the MSPCA, in addition to working as the Shelter Behavior Coordinator. She's also worked with the ASPCA, American Humane Society, Boston Animal Care and Control, and is currently the Behaviorist for Yankee Golden Rescue.

Certifications: Ms, behavior analysis, kpt-Ctp, abcdb iaabc

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Obedience, canine good citizen, agility, nosework, puppy socialization

Behavioral issue focus: Aggression, separation anxiety, reactivity, handling

Training methods: Science-based, fear-free

Why I became a dog trainer: To help animals and their people

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Positive outcomes

My #1 dog training tip: Learn about the science behind what is happening

Service areas: Brookline, Boston, sommerville, Dedham, Wellesley, natick

Website: https://mfhboston.com

John Nys

John Nys Bio John has been involved in animal training for over 25 years. He started his devotion to training horses at an early age. John has won multiple National Championships with his horses and was the Massachusetts National Barrel Horse Rodeo Champion in 2002.

On to Agility John has been competing on the local, national and international dog agility stage for over 15 years. During this time, he has become one of the most respected competitors and instructors in agility. He is well known for his positive motivation and mental management/coaching with his students and his canine companions. Size doesn't matter when competing in dog agility, as John has competed successfully with multiple canine partners in the small, medium and large dog divisions resulting in John realizing his dreams and achievements at all height levels.

John and his teammates‚ have earned 30 Master Agility Champion Titles. He is a 10-time International World Team Member with 4 different canine partners. John has represented the US 6 times as an AKC World Team member at the FCI World Championships (Rush and Boss), 3 times at the European Open Championships (Rush, Trick and Boss) and on the 2015 World Agility Open US Team with Trick and Rush.In 2010 John and Rush took hone the FCI Silver Medal in Individual Agility, FCI Silver Medal in the Individual Overall Combined, and the FCI Silver Medal in Team Jumping.

In 2014 John and Rush took home the FCI Silver Medal in Team Agility and the FCI Gold Medal in Team Overall Combined events. In 2015 John and Rush took home Silver in the WAO Team Event. John and Rush are one of the most decorated world agility teams with 5 Silver Medals and 1 Gold Medal in the individual agility, jumping and team events.John is also a multiple Westminster Masters of Agility Championships finalist with Rush, Trick and Boss in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. In 2017 Trick was awarded the Westminster's Grand Champion Title. Boss placed 2nd in 2019 and was the 16 inch overall champion in 2021.

John has been a consistent finalist at the AKC National Agility Championships and USDAA World Cynosport Grand Prix/Steeple Chase Championships on over a dozen occasions, placing in the top 3 on over 9 occasions and winning the USDAA World Cynosport Grand Prix Championships in 2010. John has also won numerous USDAA Regional Championships and ISC High Combined Titles with multiple canine partners.

John's accomplishments have been earned and realized through the dedication and training of all his canine partners, for which none of this would have been possible without them: Casey, Blink, Rush, Trick, Boss, Shya and now introducing, Jovi

Certifications: 12 Agility World Team and AKC Finalist

Services include:

  • Agility training

Service areas: Metro Boston/Worcester/Providence

Website: https://agilityrushk9.com/

Donna Culbert

I own Donna's Do Right Dogs, LLC in Weymouth, MA. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator from the American Kennel Club and I have been in the field since 2004. I am also the Co Training Director and board member of the New England Dog Training Club in Cambridge, MA.

In addition, I am member of the APDT, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants and the National Association of Canine Scent Work. I attend many seminars and workshops throughout the year to earn Continuing Education Credits. I compete in the sport of Nosework with my dog, Sammy.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided:

Donna's Do Right Dogs LLC provides private consultations, group classes and Puppy Day Training. Classes include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Agility, Scentwork, Walkabouts(group walks) and more. Donna uses positive fear-free methods with clear instruction that builds confidence for the dogs and owners.

Behavioral issue focus: Donna has been training private clients and working in shelters since 2004. She creates training plans for families with new puppies, older dogs that include leash pulling, polite greetings, counter surfing, sock stealing just to name a few. She specializes in fearful/reactive dogs.

Training methods: Each private consultation starts with an initial phone call or email where the owner describes the issues. During out first meeting, I take a brief history and we set goals. Depending on the dogs state of mind and motivation, we use rewards (food, toys, play etc) to establish some foundation skills. Before the consultation is over, Donna explains the process, the owners ask questions and a written plan is handed to the owners or emailed if additional resources are needed.

Why I became a dog trainer: Initially to help train my reactive dog. I found the process fascinating, and I volunteer at a local shelter and eventually enrolled in a 2 year dog training program.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: The best thing about being a dog trainer is teaching the owners and their dogs to communicate. Their is nothing better when you see that "lightbulb moment" when it all clicks and they understand each other.

My #1 dog training tip: Never stop teaching your dog new things.

Service areas: South Shore of Massachusetts

Website: https://donnasdorightdogs.com/

Michele Ellertson

Michele Ellertson, CNWI, is the owner, founder and training director at The Dog's PACE. She has been training dogs professionally for well over a decade. Although she focuses on scent training today, her background is in behavior modification. This gives her a unique perspective on engaging with all kinds of dogs.

In 2009, Michele was among the first dog trainings in New England to become involved in the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and the new sport of K9 Nosework. As such, she was instrumental in establishing the foundation necessary to make the sport a success in this region. She currently works with the NACSW as a Certifying Official, in addition to her intense schedule of classes, private lessons and specialty clinics around the country. Michele maintains her own knowledge by attending as many workshops as possible.

Michele has trained in a variety of dog sports, both personally and professionally. However, her primary goals are in the sport of nosework. Her fondness for the sport comes from the tremendous benefits it offers to all dogs, including building confidence, bonding, mental stimulation and pure enjoyment.

Recently, Michele has begun working with Debbie Kay in training Diabetic Alert Dogs for service. This allows her to use her skills in training scent work dogs to aid people who really need them.

Certifications: CNWI

More info about service provided: Sport of nosework

Service areas: Franklin, MA

Website: https://www.thedogspace.net

Michalla Bishop

Michalla began her career with the MSPCA as a volunteer at the Boston Adoption Center. She mentored under Dr. Bright through the Animal Behavior College program and then joined the team full-time in 2010. Michalla coordinates our robust schedule of group training classes in Jamaica Plain and teaches a raft of classes including Puppy Play n' Learn, Obedience, Agility, and Nosework. The real star of her classes is her beloved companion 'Esme the Training Dog' who has developed a large and devoted following of students. Michalla and Esme shared a fun and thrilling Agility career. After Esme suffered a knee injury, they switched gears to the lower-impact sport of Nosework, where they are currently working on Esme's Excellent-level title.

Services include:

  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

Website: https://www.mspca.org/

Kate Bigger

Kate Bigger, CDBC is a Boston based animal behavior consultant and trainer who specializes in helping people with dogs that need a little extra understanding. From aggressive to terrified, she has helped a wide variety of dogs with problematic behaviors for the past 18 years. She specializes in helping change the feelings and behavior of dogs who bark and lunge on-leash as well as dogs that guard things like food bowls, couches, an old toy that nobody cared about until this morning, dogs with big feelings about being left alone and a variety of aggression issues.

Kate is also a passionate sport dog trainer; specifically scent work, competition obedience and agility. She is a seven-time National Agility Invitational Qualifier, multiple National Agility Finalist, who has racked up six agility championships on three different recycled dogs. Kate has had years of experience training happy and confident sport and city living pet dogs.

As the president of Performance Scent Dogs, a national sport scent detection organization, she has traveled from Alaska to Florida to Canada to judge and fine-tune hundreds of scent work teams. Having seen dogs lives transformed for the better so many times through scent work, and the profound impact it makes on the dog-human relationship, she is dedicated to helping grow scent work. She mentors scent work instructors and offers free classes to foster dogs.

Certifications: CDBC

Website: https://www.highfidelitydogs.com

Elise Gouge

I am a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. The APDT is the leading organization for setting standards for professional dog trainers. It is the only organization that offers standardized testing for trainers.

Through the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants I am a Certified Dog and Cat Behavior Consultant (CABC). Formerly, I was the Vice President on their Board of Directors. I was licensed as a Dogs & Storks presenter and am a Canine Good Citizen

evaluator and Tricks tester through the American Kennel Club. I am currently getting certified in canine fitness through the University of Tennessee and canine massage through the Brandenburg School.

I have volunteered for over ten years with various organizations. In 2016, I joined the Board of Directors for New England Border Collie Rescue. Also, I serve as a consultant for a national pet supplier (PetEdge) and our local shelter, Dakin Humane.

Initially, I began my professional career in social services working with children and their families. Then, in 2004, armed with years of clinical expertise, I began working with pets and their people full time. I studied dog behavior with some of the best trainers in the world and participated in every training seminar I could find.

Formerly, I managed training and behavior programs in shelters and doggy day-cares, trained animals ranging from primates to horses to domestic pets, mentored trainers, presented at national conferences and universities on animal behavior. Check out some of my media appearances on Animal Cops: Houston!

My Bachelors Degree is in Psychology and I have a Masters Degree in Community Health Education. I continually attend seminars around the country and have completed graduate level university coursework in Applied Animal Behavior.

I have extensive experience in the temperament evaluation of animals and how to train others in learning the same skills. Additionally, I am insured, bonded, and endorsed by local veterinarians and shelters.

Certifications: Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • Puppy training

Service areas: Granby, MA

Website: https://petbehaviorconsulting.com/

Vera Wilkinson

The Cooperative Dog is me, Vera Wilkinson CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP. Dog training & behavior consulting is not just my full-time work, it is my life's work. Since 1996, I've spent thousands of hours with dogs and their people teaching private lessons, group classes, dog behavior education seminars and consulting privately on dog behavior problems throughout Boston, Greater Boston and all over Eastern Massachusetts.

My primary focus is on education and helping people to bring out the very best in their dogs by providing practical training for everyday life. Szap, my heart dog and the original cooperative dog, led me to my life's work. After taking several classes and volunteering as an assistant trainer at Angell MSPCA in Boston in 1995, Szap and I went on to explore the broader world of dog training. He loved working as much as I did. We took one class after another in obedience, sheepherding, agility, tracking and more.

I accomplished what I set out to - to experience dog training methods new and old, first-hand. I settled with what I started with as my preferred base- positive, humane, science-based dog training. In the years since I've tweaked things and made it my own 'method'. Hawk is with me now. She's a deaf border collie x akita (at least, that's what I call her!) born in Georgia on March 22, 2011. She came to me at five months of age and had already been in several different homes/foster homes before it was realized that she was deaf. She, like me, is a work in progress. I'm learning a great deal from her as well and you can see her growth and experiences on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and her own blog.


CDBC (Certified Dog Behavior Consultant)
CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)
KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner)

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://cooperativedog.com/

Melissa "MJ" Viera

Meet Melissa "MJ" Viera, a dog training expert and instructor based out of Massachusetts who established MJ's Pet Training Academy in 2013. Her unique style of training classes combines creativity, drills, and games to provide a fun and effective learning experience for both human and pet students. In addition to running her business, MJ breeds standard poodles with a focus on breeding dogs for both companionship and service dog roles, as well as conformation. She is committed to helping pets and people, including both hobbyists and professionals, by providing instruction that appeals to all learning styles and demonstrating techniques with her own dogs.

Certifications: CGG Evaluator, CTDI, AKC FIT Dog Instructor, APDT-member, WSDA, Temperament Test Evaluator

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: At MJ's Pet Training Academy, we provide group classes, workshops, day school, private coaching, and custom programs. Our trickovation allows dogs and their people to have fun while accomplishing their goals.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with a number of behavioral concerns and help dogs and people navigate areas such as aggressive behavior, reactivity, and fearfulness.

Training methods: Programs are tailored to the individual and include goal setting, demonstrations, coaching, games and feedback.

Why I became a dog trainer: This is my purpose and passion. I enjoy helping people and their best friends.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Working with people along with dogs, and providing coaching and innovative games is the most rewarding.

My #1 dog training tip: Make training and enrichment a part of your daily routine.

Service areas: Southcoast, Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Remote services also available

Website: https://www.mjspettrainingacademy.com

Jen Hansen

My career with dogs started in 1997 at a boarding kennel caring for dogs, cats, and apprenticing to become an obedience instructor. I fell in love with it and knew I'd found my lifetime career. In my spare time I enjoying being outdoors, spending time with our animals, hiking, & kayaking with our dogs.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, Partner

Service areas: Arlington, MA

Website: https://www.goplaypetcare.com/

Alisa Lowenstam-Ball

As a native of Hull MA, I am very familiar with the wonderful outdoor areas surrounding the beautiful South Shore and have enjoyed many years venturing through our parks, beaches and hiking areas. Having been lucky enough to grow up in a family that always had dogs, I have learned very important skills in caring for and raising a variety of dog breeds.

Serving as a foster and volunteer for a few rescue organizations, I am extensively aware of the foster/rescue needs of animals and have assisted in placing countless dogs within safe loving families.

I myself am the very proud guardian of my own "foster success" dog, Trooper. Troo is an Australian Shepard/Husky mix and co-partner of Wee Walk & Play (don't tell him though, he thinks he runs this place), he is a graduate of the Canine Good Citizen course and loves nothing better than running free in the woods.

I am certified in Animal Reiki healing and find that this practice helps animals in relieving pain, stress and anxiety. I am also certified in Pet CPR and first aid and I am currently enrolled in Animal Behavior college and working on my dog trainer certification. Once my course work is complete I will be offering training services. Until then just think of me as the good time auntie....providing lots of fun and just the right amount of discipline.

Having had dogs and various animals my entire life, I have found it only natural to combine my love and experience of dogs, my love of the outdoors, and my love of leading a healthy life style into a business. As a dog "guardian" I know the importance of making sure that all dogs receive the attention, care, exercise and training that they need. I also understand the importance in getting to know each dogs individual behaviors and personalities and treating each with the kindness yet assertiveness that is required. Just as all people are different, all dogs are different. Through Wee Walk & Play I am looking forward to learning about your dog and their own specific needs. It is my goal to assist you in providing your "best buddy" with all that is needed to enjoy the long, happy & healthy life they deserve.

Website: https://weewalkandplay.com/

Jess Harris

My name is Jess, and I have been teaching group classes for a little over 3 years. I compete in Rally, Obedience, and Nosework with my two Rottweilers, and enjoy offleash hiking with them. I have taken classes with KPA and attend seminars as often as possible, and I hope to get certifications one day soon.

Services include:

  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I specialize in pet dog training, focusing on helping clients raise happy and confident puppies, and helping them regain confidence with struggling adult dogs.

Behavioral issue focus: I work with dog to dog and dog to human reactivity, as well as everyday behavioral issues with our pet dogs.

Training methods: I subscribe to the most recent scientific methods and I am always trying to learn more about the kindest ways to train our dogs. I use force-free R+ 2.0 methodology in my clients, and often borrow from Control Unleashed for reactive dog clients.

My #1 dog training tip: Management is your friend!

Service areas: Worcester County

Carolyn Rancourt

I have been competing in agility for over 15 years and I have had 8 dogs in those years. I have been to agility nationals three times and competed in several different venues. I am a certified canine massage therapist and have studied canine behavior and gait analysis. I have a reptuation in the community for finding what the issue is that a dog is having with their bodies and offer help or resources

Services include:

  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

More info about service provided: Agility training, puppy obedience, agility field rentals, agility seminars

Behavioral issue focus: distraction and recal training

Training methods: Positive training specifically for agility and non-competitive obedience

Why I became a dog trainer: There is nothing more gratifying than when the lightbulb goes off and your dog "gets it". Becoming a team with your dog and understanding each other in any performance sport is beautiful and it is the best feeling

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Continuing to learn how amazing dogs are and seeing a handler become confident in their training. Dog training is as much about the human as it is about the dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Keep connection with your dog.

Service areas: Rehoboth MA - Bristol county

Website: https://wetnosecanine.com

From the time I was a child, I was drawn to animals - especially dogs. In my work and home life, I have always been interested in and had a keen eye for animal behavior. For 14 years I worked as a veterinary assistant and technician, but I left clinic work to focus more on what I love best: dog behavior.

In 2021, I graduated from the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Professional Program. As a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy, my education is based in positive reinforcement training, using clicker training techniques. This approach to learning is kind, fast, effective, and lasting. I love working with puppies and have gained extensive experience with and knowledge surrounding young, developing dogs.

Certifications: KPA-CTP

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Appropriate and comprehensive socialization; meeting exercise needs; leash walking; dog-dog behavior; self-control

Behavioral issue focus: I am a positive reinforcement trainer. I am a firm believer in clicker training and use it where appropriate with my clients in my teaching. I use food reinforcement in training. I start all training with the conviction that setting the environment for each individual dog/handler team is at the root of making the dog comfortable, happy and motivated to learn. I train to the skills that the dog is capable of, and match it to the client's needs.

Training methods: I am a positive reinforcement trainer. I am a firm believer in clicker training and use it where appropriate with my clients in my teaching. I use food reinforcement in training. I start all training with the conviction that setting the environment for each individual dog/handler team is at the root of making the dog comfortable, happy and motivated to learn. I train to the skills that the dog is capable of, and match it to the client's needs.

Why I became a dog trainer: For the love of dogs! A bond with a dog can be as an important relationship in ones life as any other. I wanted to help people achieve that bond in the kindest way possible. People can do more in the world with their dogs if they are trained.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: I get to see dog/handler teams have breakthrough moments, when the dog is able to do something or behave in a way that their person didn't think was possible. It is active, fun and creative work that I love!

My #1 dog training tip: Your dog needs consistent messaging from you, and needs to know what to expect.

Service areas: Northampton, MA

Website: https://www.rightvibedogtraining.com

Ruth Hegarty

Ruth Hegarty is the founder and owner of Creature Good Dog Training specializing in positively training adult adopted dogs so that they and their new families live happily ever after. Ruth is a certified dog trainer with a masters in education. She also holds certifications in life coaching and dog bite safety and is a Fear Free Shelters graduate. Ruth works with adopted dogs and their families to help them understand each other, work together and create a lifestyle that makes everyone happy. Ruth writes a weekly blog of dog training tips and hosts a library of free resources for dog owners at her website

Certifications: certified dog trainer, certified life coach, certified dog bite safety educator, certified separation anxiety trainer, fear free shelters graduate

Services include:

  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: I specialize is behavior modification for fear-based behaviors and raising confident puppies along with manners training for any dog.

Behavioral issue focus: reactivity, separation anxiety, destructive behavior

Training methods: I create a customized training plan for each client based on my signature approach to reactive dog training.

Why I became a dog trainer: I adopted a dog in 2010 with severe behavior problems. I started out taking classes in positive training to help him after taking bad advice from punishment based trainers failed us both. It worked so well I ended up becoming a certified dog trainer, quitting my "day job" and creating a great new life for me and my dog while being able to help people in my situation who were overwhelmed by their dog's behavior.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Helping owners understand their dog, improve their communication and get the relationship they'd always dreamed of with their dog.

My #1 dog training tip: Be patient and consistent with your dog.

Service areas: Cambridge, Arlington, Somerville, Lexington, Boston Metro

Website: https://www.creaturegooddogtraining.com

Sophie Oldsman

I am a local dog trainer who likes to educate my clients on positive reinforcement methods and the importance of force-free and fear free methods.

Certifications: IAABC Accredited Dog Trainer, MS in Behavior Analysis, Fear Free certified

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: day training, private lessons, loose leash walking, puppy training, reactivity training, separation anxiety

Behavioral issue focus: I primarily work with leash reactive dogs and early puppyhood

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement, force-free, fear-free methods only.

Why I became a dog trainer: I became a trainer because I love working with people and their dogs and there are not enough trainers who promote force-free methods.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: It is great to see my clients improve their communication with their dogs and see progress.

My #1 dog training tip: Learn how to read your dog's body language!

Service areas: waltham, belmont, arlington, winchester, lexington, needham, dedham, boston, newton, concord, weston, wayland, lincoln, wellesley, watertown, cambridge

Website: https://www.freshstartcaninebehavior.com

Diane Hanley

I have been a dog trainer since 2013. I did a 3 year training internship with Dee Ganley in Andover, NH, learning the skills of basic dog training and dog behavior. I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) thru the CCPDT since 2016 and am committed to continuing my education and using humane, non-stressful training methods. Professional memberships include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I have a background in Earth Science education and continue my serial history of teaching about rocks and volcanoes to anyone who wants to know in a variety of settings. I live with my husband and two rescue pups, Domino and Rudy, on the north shore.

Certifications: CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Puppy training

More info about service provided: Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners, Shy Dog classes at Fit n Trim, Rowley. Private lessons for a variety of things including anxious dogs, very active dogs, puppies.

Behavioral issue focus: I work often with shy and anxious dogs to increase their confidence and give owners tools to handle/help them. Energetic dogs - harness their enthusiasm to increase their focus, self control.

Training methods: I use positive reinforcement principles to teach dogs and their people how to live better together. I offer private lessons at Fit n Trim, in your home and off site depending upon the needs of owner. I do behavior evaluations and training plans as part of the private lessons offered.

Why I became a dog trainer: I got into training after a six-year journey and four different trainers to finally find a trainer that could help me with my very reactive dog. The trainer that helped us used positive reinforcement training and my relationship with my dog changed dramatically. It made me want to help others understand their dogs and train them whether the owner just needs puppy kindergarten or needs to address a specific behavior.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: Seeing a dog and their person understanding each other and making progress.

Service areas: North Shore - Essex County, MA

Website: https://fntdogs.com/

Kat Klein

Kat Klein CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA is a life long dog lover. Kat became a dog trainer after her journey with her own reactive/aggressive dog Meadow. She has a strong working knowledge of learning theory and the science of animal behavior. Kat is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as both a Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Behavior Consultant.

She is a Certified Family Dog Mediator. She is a Family Paws Parent Educator and is passionate about helping families with dogs prepare for life with children. She is an AKC evaluator and a Certified Trick dog Instructor with Do More With Your Dog. She is a Fear Free Certified Trainer. This allows her to work in partnership with veterinary teams to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress and improve an animals well being during veterinary care and home care.

She is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is certified in canine and feline CPR. It is her goal to help owners build a stronger training bond with their dogs.

Kat lives in West Brookfield and enjoys training and competing in several different dog sports with her dogs.

Certifications: Cpdt-Ka Cbcc-Ka Family Paws certified. CFDM CTDI

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training
  • Puppy training
  • Agility training

Why I became a dog trainer: I found myself with a difficult dog. While trying to help her I discovered a love of reward based training.

My favorite part of being a dog trainer: My favorite part of my job is showing people how smart their dog really is.

My #1 dog training tip: Have fun with your dog

Service areas: Spencer, the brookfields and surrounding towns

Website: https://www.houseofkleindogtraining.com

Sniffspot Massachusetts Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Massachusetts dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Massachusetts as selected by broad voting from the Sniffspot community and the general public. These trainers are expert dog trainers, who received votes from their delighted customers, due to their excellent dedication to customer service, excellent results and general care they exhibit for their clients. Many have worked with thousands of dogs and are highly experienced trainers.

How can I get in touch with dog trainers?

Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.

Are these Massachusetts dog trainers certified professionals?

Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification and professional trainers are not required to be certified. However, certifications are important to show that a professional dog trainer has a standard of expertise to help train your dog. Each trainer’s certifications are listed on their profile.

What are the top certifications for Dog Trainers in Massachusetts?

Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy - KPA certification, Jean Donaldson's Academy - CTC certification and Fear Free Certification. You can review the dog trainer certifications for each specific dog trainer on their profile on this page.

What methods are used in the dog training sessions?

There are many methods for teaching dogs and a lot of disagreement about the correct training approach. All of the Massachusetts trainers included on this list use positive reinforcement training only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This includes not using any specifically aversive approach to training or training aid, such as a prong or electronic dog training collar (also called remote dog training collar or shock collars). As for specific training programs and specialties, such as day training / doggie daycare or obedience training, you can see more information in each trainer’s profile.

Are dog training lessons in a training facility or are virtual options available?

Some dog trainers operate exclusively from a training facility, some do house calls and some offer video calls or other virtual options. There are pros and cons to each option and the most efficient behavioral training option depends on specific circumstances, for instance, what hours work best for you. A training center or training ranch can be a good option if your training plan requires facilities, training equipment or dedicated space. We recommend reaching out to the specific trainer you are interested in or browsing their website for more information.

Are dog training lessons private or in a group setting?

Every different circumstance of dog and owners may require a different setting, whether it’s housebreaking issues, anxiety issues, lack of proper socialization, food aggression or just bad habits. Each trainer has different offerings as far as whether they can offer clients a private training session or a group class. Trainers provide information about their private class and group class offerings in their profiles and you can browse their website for more information as well. It may make sense for your specific circumstance to reach out to the trainer to ask if they recommend group or private dog training classes. Some trainers also have a team of specialists that can provide even higher levels of service, or provide specialized sessions, such as pack walks.

How much does dog training in Massachusetts cost?

Massachusetts dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services and phases of training. For instance behavioral modification that involves boarding is often more expensive than day training, and private lessons are generally more expensive than group lessons. Prices can also vary depending on specific behavioral issues. Lastly, some trainers have more overhead than others, We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.

Is training a dog good for the dog?

Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Whether with basic training skills or complex training techniques, going through behavior training with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the level of confidence enabling of a dog (and it can also help with building customer confidence!). Rather than being about exerting maximum control over them, it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. For instance, crate training can help a dog feel safe and at home in a crate vs fearful and uncertain. Dog training can teach important skills, such as leash control, potty training or a general level of obedience skills. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog to learn life skills and for their family. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog and serve them throughout their entire healthy life!

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training and coaching. Aggression in dogs is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. A trainer can help you interpret signs of aggression, such as excessive barking, fear aggression and leash aggression, and type of aggression. If you believe you have a dog with aggressive behaviors, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a Massachusetts dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in Massachusetts you can be considered for this list. We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.

How much do dog trainers make in Massachusetts?

Dog trainer earnings vary widely depending on many factors, such as whether a dog trainer is an employee or owns their own full-service professional dog training business. According to ZipRecruiter, the average dog trainer salary in Massachusetts was $33,576 per year and $16.14 per hour. It is impossible to say how much a dog trainer can earn with a full-service professional dog training company, because the size and profitability of companies can vary widely.

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Merlin Noble

March 29, 2022

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